This past year I designed a few prints specifically for several Spoonflower contests. One print (Cocktail Flowers) won and another (Vintage Oceana) was in the top 10 and then they sat in my Spoonflower shop, each one lonely for some company. In order to give them some friends to play with, I created a few more prints that round out 2 mini collections. The additional blue colorway of the Cocktail Flowers group was for a special request. I can't wait to see how the printed test samples look!
Creating one print all alone and then figuring out the rest that work together with it afterwards is not my typical design process. It feels like working backwards. I usually begin with a bigger-than one-print concept, lots of print ideas and sketches that relate to that concept, some color palette options and then work from there. It seems more natural to me to work this way and less like a design formula of creating a "focus print" and then "coordinates". I like every print in a collection to be interesting on it's own as well as to support the others in the collection. I know that I get this idea from working in the fashion industry. While there are often "basics" in a line of clothing, the prints used in a collection usually need to pass the stand alone test as no one wears an entire clothing collection at once! I know that other industries work differently and sometimes prints do need to coordinate with each other more directly. It's a fun challenge to create these sorts of print collections.
The test prints are being shipped to me as I write. Currently only one print is available for sale, but once I get the samples and approve them for sale, they will all be available in my Spoonflower shop.